Readercon 19

Guests of Honor

Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem's eclectic fiction and nonfiction ouevre includes more than nine novels, a 'zine, four collections, a comic book series, much short fiction, many essays, and editing credits for several anthologies. A number of his stories and lyrics have also inspired a legion of filmmakers and songwriters through his unique Promiscuous Materials Project. The genres he has gleefully blended include noir, science fiction, and autobiography, and he has also written memorably about music. "What unites my books, I think," he said in a recent interview in The Scotsman, "is the way they all try to express passion for a genre but also a refusal to settle down and be simply one kind of thing." He has been a Nebula finalist multiple times, and since 1999, has won a National Book Critics Circle Award and a MacArthur Fellowship and had a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly is a Readercon regular perhaps best known for his short stories, such as "Think Like a Dinosaur", "1016 to 1" and "The Pyramid of Amirah" — which challenge us to think anew about our world and sf's perspective on it. He has also written three novels and a number of plays. He is a longtime Clarion instructor and a member and former chairman of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He's won, or been nominated for, more awards than we have space here to list, in particular two Hugos and a Nebula. He has edited several anthologies of slipstream and post-cyberpunk fiction and his "On The Net" column in Asimov's magazine is a valuable guide to SF&F related online resources. He is a superb reader of his stories, and has podcast nearly all of them the over past couple of years, helping pioneer new ways for writers to earn livings online.

Stanislaw Lem

Stanislaw Lem

Stanislaw Lem was a philosopher, poet, novelist, satirist, self-taught artist, and scientific, literary, and social critic whose speculative and science fiction won the love of fans around the world. Many of his books (especially those which are nonfiction) have not yet been translated into English. Much of his early career was marred by ideological pressure and censorship from the Stalinist regime which then governed Poland, and he left the country to live in West Berlin between 1982 and 1988. He has been awarded multiple honory doctorates and prestigious state prizes. His works have been adapted for film and television, set to music, and used as teaching texts in both literature and philosophy courses.

Program Participants

159 guests as of 7/15/08

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